OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s Loh Sea Keong
in good position in General Classification standings
5 April 2013 – THE OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s Loh Sea Keong remains in contention for the General Classification winner’s yellow jersey entering the final stage of The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand, after finishing in the pack in Friday’s Stage 5.
Seoul Cycling Team’s Cho Ho Sung won the stage in 4:45:33, and Loh was among a group of 83 riders who were credited with a time of 4:45:55, 22 seconds behind Cho’s time. Goh Choon Huat, the lone remaining Singaporean in the field, led the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team with his 49th-place finish, while Thomas Rabou finished in 75th place and Loh in 77th.
Friday’s result left the top 10 of the General Classification standings unchanged. Loh remains in eighth place, 56 seconds behind leader Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz of Terengganu Cycling Team. Loh is on pace for a top-10 finish at the Tour of Thailand for the second consecutive year, having placed eighth in the General Classification last year.
Saturday’s final stage is also the shortest of the Tour. The 105.5-kilometre Stage 6 runs from Khao-Lak to Phuket.
About OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team was first founded in 2009 as an amateur club team with the mission to develop and promote Singapore cycling. The team has today turned into a full-fledged professional cycling team and established itself as the premier road developmental team for cycling talent in Singapore. Being the first and only professional cycling outfit out of Singapore, the team has been licensed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”) as a UCI Continental Cycling Team since 2012. Riders from the team have been crowned champions or stage winners in races such as the Tour of California KOM, Tour of Siam, Tour de Kumamo, Tour of Filipinas and Tour of Thailand.
Photo credit: OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team
Report of Stage 5 from Thai Cycling Association press release
Korean won the fifth stage – Cho Ho Sung of Seoul Cycling Team from Korea who has broken away from the four leading groups, won the fifth stage of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand 2013 Friday from Ranong Provincial Administration Organization to Phangga province.
Cho who led side by side Thai star Phuchong Sai-Udomsin from 25 kilometers to the finishing line, passed the line with 4.56.33 hours in the distance of 195 kilometers. Phuchong took the second place in the same time with the winner. At this stage, Phuchong won the intermediate sprint 2 as well.
In the meanwhile, Rusli Amir Mustafa, Malaysian national team, grabbed the best ASEAN rider for the fifth stage in a row with overall points of 19.43.06.
However, the points classification leader, who wore the Green Jersey is Paul Van Der Ploeg of Terengganu Cycling Team from Malaysia with 38 points. And the individual general classification leader by time(Yellow Jersey) is Aziz Mohd Saiful Anuar of Terengganu Cycling Team 19.42.33 hours.